File Photo: Egyptian criminal court recommended on Saturday the death penalty for 31 people convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor. (AFP)
Giza Criminal Court sentenced Saturday 11 members of what is known in the media as the “Giza terrorist cell” to death on a number of terror-related charges.
The court’s preliminary death verdict is scheduled to be referred to the country’s Grand Mufti for a consultative non-binding opinion, as per Egypt’s penal code.
The 11 faced charges including attempting to kill two police personnel, stealing police weapons, manufacturing explosive devices, belonging to an unlawful group, and attacking personal freedoms.
Following the dispersal of two major sit-ins supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 14 August 2013, angry rioters stormed police stations and burned a number of churches.
Hundreds of people have been convicted in similar cases since 2013.